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Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Warren's Well

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, January 16, 2011
1. Warren's Well Marker
Inscription. Warren's Well marks the beginning of the town of Yucca Valley. Mark "Chuck" Warren drove freight wagons through the vally and settled here about 1880. In 1881 he hand-dug the well and later built a windmill, water trough, barn and a small cabin. Warren's Well became a stage stop, a "watering hole" for cattle ranchers, and the center of social life for early settlers. The cabin burned in 1929 and was replaced by the adobe house still standing to the north of the well. Dr. John Bendall, known as the flying doctor, acquired the site in the 1950s and modified the adobe for his own use. The well is presently owned by the hi-desert water district.
 
Erected 2002 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Morongo Basin Historical Society. (Marker Number 109.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 7.845′ N, 116° 24.392′ W. Marker is in Yucca Valley, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Crestview Drive east of Airway Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located approximately 400 feet east of the intersection at the end of the cul-de-sac. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57585-57699 Crestview
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By Michael Kindig, January 16, 2011
2. Warren's Well Marker
Drive, Yucca Valley CA 92284, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneertown (approx. 5.6 miles away); Morongo Indian Village (approx. 11.1 miles away); The Integratron (approx. 11.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Warren's Well. Chuck Warren settled here in the 1880's. Yucca Valley was named after the Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) or "tree yucca" as Dr. Edmund Jaeger referred to them. Yucca Valley did not have a post office until 1945. Mail used to be delivered as far as Whitewater and then volunteers would take it up to Warren's Well for distribution. This is the original site of Warren's Well. Chuck Warren was wise to pay attention to the vegetation and thereby deduce he could dig a well that would provide water. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Also see . . .  Yucca Valley and Warren's Well History. (Submitted on December 31, 2011.)
 
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By Michael Kindig, January 16, 2011
3. Warren's Well
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By Michael Kindig, January 16, 2011
4. Warren's Well
These benches were built and installed by Steve Heard. Steve's grandparents, Joseph and Mary Susie Heard homesteaded 160 acres in Yucca Valley 1910. That property is now Blue Skies Country Club and the Country Club Mobile Home Estates.
Morongo Basin Historical Society
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By Michael Kindig, January 16, 2011
5. Warren's Well
Warrens Well Est. 1881 Restored by Morongo Basin Historical Society
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By Michael Kindig, January 16, 2011
6. Warren's Well
Warren's Well Adobe Constructed in the 1930's as a bunkhouse for cowboys, this building replaced two previous buildings that were destroyed. Two separate individuals are credited with is construction: Jim Dever and John Berry. Dr. John Bendall purchased the property and in 1957 moved his medical office to the adobe and added living space, incorporating the adobe into the west wing of the house. Morongo Basin Historical Society MBHS Site 1 P36-009610 CA-SBR-9610 Sign Sponsored by Sunset Rotary Club of Joshua Tree
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,203 times since then and 187 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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